Options When You Run Out of Model Glue

It is so easy to get so engrossed in working with various scale models. No matter how keen you are there are moments when little things go out of mind. One of the examples is when you run out of glue while trying to finish your miniature. Be it a sole resin piece or a 200-piece scale model work, you’ll be at a loss thinking that you cannot finish your target all because you run out of glue. Hence, there will be sometimes when you will adhere to the use of alternatives to finish what you’ve started.

  Notwithstanding the fact that you need to be cautious with the type of glue to use in your model kits, there are some options in lieu of specified model glue that may prove handy to your scale modeling work target. However, this strongly depends on the material of the miniature you are working on. Some DIY may also be useful in this scenario. This article will walk you through these options and if it works then you’ll save the inconvenience of rushing to the store just for glue.

1. Blu Tack

Blu-tack can be used as an immediate replacement for glue. This may come in handy if you need to place miniature pieces on a surface where they can be easily tacked. It is a non-hazardous moldable synthetic rubber that can be used for a variety of applications. Every package includes pre-molded strips that make it simple to stick posters on walls, seal windows and doors, and tack miniature pieces in the absence of glue in some cases. 

It can also be used on non-porous exteriors, painted areas, and glass and metal tops. Additional applications include removing dust and hair particles from clothing. Thankfully, Blu-Tack material can be easily removed by rolling or dabbing it with another blu tac.

2. MEK or Lacquer Thinner

MEK is a powerful molecule that connects quickly. It functions by melting the plastic which creates ease in two separate objects together. Simply use a little paintbrush to apply a small amount of MEK, hold the parts together, and capillary action and the chemical reaction will take care of the rest. The bond is as strong as the plastic and is quick to form. The most household does have this because of its many uses. Additionally, it is cheaper in price compared to adhesive products and is offered in quarts rather than tiny tubes. 

3. Nails

This common household item is utilized in varied construction tasks at home.  It is used to join items together using wood, such as plywood sheathing for walls or installing hardwood floors, they can be used instead of glue.

Scale modeling enthusiasts know the perfect situation when this can be a suitable substitute for an unintended run out of glue. They are adept at the importance of picking the right glue for building models. As a matter of fact, little nails can serve a sturdier structure rather than just gluing something. When it comes to the test of time, nails are surely reliable.

The careful and meticulous application of a brush helps your miniature glue application

4. Double-Sided Tape

Double-sided tape is a feasible substitute for many projects, especially when seeking adhesives for paper projects and crafts. For light-weight miniature pieces, this might be an immediate substitute depending on your need. 

There are certain double-sided tape products that are waterproof and can support a significant amount of weight. As a hobbyist, you can assess if this might work perfectly in order not to impede your desire to finish your miniature project on time. 

5. Velcro

A Velcro might just as well serve your immediate need. Though it is best used to mend fabrics, this can serve other uses as well. It is composed of thin plastic sheets with tiny hooks on the other and tiny flexible loops on the another, allowing a seamless bond between the two. You may do a quick check on the sewing box at home and this item may be in that miracle box.

6. String

If the pieces in your miniature project can possibly allow drilling some holes into it, then the string can provide a steady hold. Weaving strings through the holes of the pieces can allow a strong bond that might serve your purpose. There are also a variety of strings to choose from. You might choose the thinnest in diameter if you opt for it to be invisible to the eye. Perhaps your string color choice will allow it to camouflage perfectly to the model pieces you are trying to work on. In whatever way you might find its use, strings are sure to perform a sturdy finish. 

7. Staple

A typical office stapler is a small machine that is almost present in all households. It serves in many ways and can surely satisfy your immediate need. If you need a heavy-duty stapler, then a wood stapler may come in handy. Your toolbox in the garage may just consist of one. As a hobbyist, you surely can perceive if your immediate need might be resolved with this perennial home, school, and office weapon.

8. Gum Arabic (Superglue)

If the above possibilities prove futile, then you may just come up with your DIY superglue. Broken China and tableware can be repaired with this homemade adhesive. It should function slightly better than glass glue in such an application.

Apply a very thin coat of it on both sides of shattered crockery with a matchstick, and then put the pieces together. Hold the parts tightly together with this DIY superglue until the glue dries, which could take up to an hour.

Allow at least 24 hours for the repaired piece to dry before using or washing it. This glue will last a year if stored properly.

Ingredients:

Arabic Gum, Glycerine, Water

Instructions:

  • In a dish, thoroughly combine 3 tablespoons gum arabic, 1 tablespoon glycerine, and 1/2 teaspoon water.
  • Fill an airtight jar halfway with the mixture. It will last around a year.
  • Apply a little layer of adhesive to each surface before fitting the parts together. Hold firmly until the adhesive dries, which may take up to an hour. Allow 24 hours for the piece to dry completely before cleaning or using it.